If the condenser coils are clogged, the compressor can overheat and shut down. You’ll experience intermittent periods of minimal cooling, followed by no cooling. Even if you’re “sure” the condenser coils are clean, clean them again. Turn off the power. Flip the air conditioning service and furnace circuit breakers in your main electrical panel to the “Off” position. Next, turn off the power switch right at the furnace or air handler. Then yank the disconnect block (Photo 1) and clean the condenser coils (Photo 2). If the air conditioning service still doesn’t work properly after you’ve cleaned the condenser coils, installed a new filter and opened all the supply vents, proceed with the following repairs.
An improperly maintained heating and air conditioning is an inefficient heating and air conditioning system. That’s why we provide appointments for annual inspections with our licensed technicians. It’s our goal to make sure that your home is as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible. For inspections, repairs, and service, contact BGE HOME for quality service.
A contactor is a $25 mechanical relay that uses low-voltage power from the thermostat to switch 220-volt high-amperage current to the compressor and condenser fan. AC contactors can wear out and are at the top of the list of common air conditioning service failures. Even if your contactor is working, it pays to replace it every five years or so. Unscrew the old contactor before removing the wires. Then move the wires to the new unit (photo 6).
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You should also have air ducts cleaned after recent water contamination or water damage to prevent mold; after renovations or remodeling to ensure debris and dust didn’t settle in the vents and ducts; if you are having problems with allergies or asthma; or when you are moving into a newly purchased home, especially if the previous owners smoked or had pets. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years, or every two to three years in regions where homeowners use their air conditioning and heater for many months of the year, while the EPA suggests homeowners have duct cleaning done as needed.
B & B Heating & Cooling offers furnace service appointments that help keep your furnace in excellent shape and running efficiently for you all year long. Whether that’s finding small issues before they become big problems, identifying potential safety hazards or making sure you’re staying in line with your manufacturer’s warranty, our experts have you covered. Our trained technicians complete furnace service with care, inspecting a number of components in and around your furnace. In fact, our multi-point inspection can help make sure your system runs smoothly throughout the winter.
Furnaces and thermostats are not mix-and-match appliances. Using the wrong type of thermostat with a furnace will cause operating problems and can be dangerous. Although thermostats look similar, they are designed very differently. There are numerous types of heating systems and thermostat systems and they need to be coordinated for safe and proper operation. There are three types of thermostat systems used today: millivoltage, low voltage, and line voltage.
We provide a full range of A/C, HVAC and heating repair services, providing a one-stop solution to all your temperature requirements. We specialize in residential applications, pride ourselves on tidy, discreet working and a commitment to giving every customer the very best service that we can. To find out more about us or schedule a visit, call us at (888) 462-0089.
It isn’t unusual for a heat pump to ice-up in really cold weather, but it’s defrost cycle should kick on periodically to melt the ice. If the condenser unit of the heat pump is frozen up and the defrost cycle doesn’t melt the ice, turn it off. Make sure none of the return-air registers are blocked, and check the filter to make sure it isn’t clogged. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem with air flow to the unit, see more information at Heat Pump Cold Weather Problems or call an HVAC service professional.
Solar heating is a method where the sun’s energy is collected by panels and converted to reusable energy. The sunlight collected is converted to direct current (DC) by photovoltaic cells in the panels. Then an inverter converts the DC current into alternating current (AC) and the panels send that electricity out and into your home to power things like your TV, computer, game consoles, and air conditioner. The more sunlight you have access to, the more energy you can produce. In some areas, solar powered homeowners can sell or trade the excess power they have accumulated to local power companies.
Interesting article but I feel you should give it more depth. When you write about foundations, you only mention poured concrete like there is no other type. Some houses have foundations made with brick, masonry block and less commonly stone. Same comment for roofing type. Never heard of a flat roof? Binoculars won't work for that type. Also, you should point out that the owner of a house can provide information that can't be directly observed like the age of a roof (but can be confirmed later with a home inspection).
1 Be sure the thermostat is set to the proper setting (Heat if you’re calling for heat and the temperature you want the room to be). If the thermostat was replaced recently, the new thermostat may either be the wrong type (it must be specifically a heat pump thermostat) or it may have been wired improperly. A mistakenly wired thermostat can fry electronic components, preventing the heat pump from working properly.
If you believe that the ac not working or you’re getting little or no cold air, check these three things first. Make sure all the registers in the house are wide open. Then be sure the furnace filter is clean. Then go outside and clean off the condenser coils (Photo 2). If several registers were closed or the filter was clogged, the reduced airflow could have caused the evaporator coil to ice up and stop cooling your home. If you’ve changed the filter and opened all the registers and you’re still not getting airflow at the registers, deice the A-coil. Move the thermostat mode switch from “Cooling” to “Off” and move the fan switch from “Auto” to “On.” Let the blower run for at least 30 minutes or until there’s good airflow at the registers. Then turn the AC back on to test it. If it works for the next 12 hours, you’ve solved the problem.
High-efficiency condensing furnaces (90% AFUE and above) are a bit more complex than conventional furnaces. The main differences between a conventional and condensing furnace are the heat exchanger technology used to extract heat from the combustion process and the method used to exhaust the combustion gases. In these ways, the furnaces are very different. The condensing furnace does not have a significantly more efficient combustion process than does a conventional furnace; both use gas burners with electronic ignition. The difference lies in that the condensing furnace has a more efficient heat extraction process after combustion.
Lennox was started to offer some of the most long-lasting, reliable HVAC systems in the market while providing the best service and quality for customers. Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople is no different, with our on-going dedication to your comfort and commitment to the community. We strive to be the experts at what we do so you can always be comfortable, and know you can always count on us. Give us a call at 724-452-6280 or arrange an appointment with us so we can help you achieve whole home comfort.
An annual inspection of your unit can ensure that the various potential problems mentioned above are detected early, and before they require complete replacement. During this inspection, for instance, a professional might find small cracks in your heat exchanger or a faulty seal in your blower motor. Some manufacturer's warranties even require these annual inspections to maintain validity. Typically, your furnace inspection will cost between $80 and $150 depending on the area in which you live and the professional you work with.
If your heat pump does not heat or cool properly, freezes up, or cycles off and on too frequently, this article can help. Following is step-by-step advice for troubleshooting typical heat pump problems and DIY heat pump repairs. Here we will deal with heat pump power problems; freezing up; improper heating, cooling, and cycling; blower issues; noises; and more. If these simple repair techniques don’t work, have a heat pump repair technician (go to HomeAdvisor) check out your system.
Today’s heaters are technological wonders that will keep you warm and save you money. Investing in an energy-efficient heating system can raise the value of your property, and the cost of installation will be realized on the amount you’ll save on utility bills. With Cool Care Heating & Air, you can count on proper sizing and a hassle-free installation process. The new unit may also qualify for energy-efficient incentives, and Cool Care Heating & Air offers periodic dealer rebates on select replacement systems. If your heating system is 10-15 years old, needs frequent repair work and isn’t keeping you as warm as it used to, it’s probably approaching the end of its lifespan. Replacing the unit before it dies altogether can save you time, trouble and money.